ARLINGTON, Texas The difference in Derek Holland this season could be seen in the third inning Friday night.
After cruising through the first two innings, Holland, the Rangers' lefty, got into a jam in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals.
A leadoff double was followed by an infield single. Then another single plated a run.
Holland had runners at second and third with just one out, the point at which the old version of himself might have allowed the Royals' rally to blossom.
Instead, the new Holland induced a grounder back to himself for the second out. Then he served up another ground ball that turned into the third out on runner's interference.
Holland didn't give up another run until the sixth inning and claimed his fourth win of the month in a 7-2 victory. The Rangers have won all six of Holland's starts in the month.
"The thing is, you've got to control as much damage as you can," Holland said. "They had some infield hits, and you've got to tip your hat to th...